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Construction takes place all across the U.S., regardless of the weather. Projects have to move forward regardless of the elements, often leaving those working on the sites to deal with rain, wind and snow. Erecting a tensioned fabric structure (TFS) as temporary construction shelter offers protection for the sites.

Severe weather can adversely affect the completion of a construction project. Extremely cold or hot weather can prevent the proper curing of cement and mortar, while high wind speeds can make loose materials more dangerous on a job site. Temporary construction shelters offer protection from these hazards.

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Temporary Construction Shelters Create a Safer Environment in Cold Weather

The number one cause of fatal injuries on construction sites is falls, slips and trips. This danger can increase drastically when ice and snow are added to the worksite, increasing the potential risk of falling. Temporary construction shelters can help limit these cold weather risks.

With peak heights of up to 54 feet, a TFS has ample vertical space to cover many existing structures on a job site. It also easily allows for heavy equipment to continue operating within them.

After temporary construction shelters are built, they can be moved by crane, making them a versatile option for covering jobsites. The flexible aluminum frame allows for installation on almost any type of surface without requiring a foundation.

No foundation requirements mean the building process is accomplished quickly, even on sensitive surface areas.

Read more about TFS advantages here.

Because it does not require a foundation, temporary construction shelters can be used early in a project’s development. A TFS can be used to cover a foundation as it sets, even during winter, making it possible to continue work even during harsh weather.

A TFS can also Protect your Jobsite from Sun and Heat

Weather related risks on construction sites are not limited to the snow. During the summer, excessive exposure to sun can prevent masonry from curing properly, as well as present a health-risk to workers on the jobsite.

OSHA’s nationwide Heat Illness Prevention Campaign aims to raise awareness and teach workers and employers about the dangers of working in hot weather…


Using TFS temporary construction shelters provides shade on jobsites preventing the damage caused by overexposure to the sun. The structures are made of PVC coated polyester scrim manufactured per ISO 9001 standards, and are UV resistant.

The high heat from direct sunlight can sap the moisture from masonry, preventing it from drying properly. Using temporary construction shelters can prevent sun damage to masonry as well as other materials used on jobsites, including seals and sealants.

The Center for Disease Control lists construction workers as being at a high risk for UV damage. Using UV resistant temporary construction shelters creates safer environments for employees who are generally more at risk from damage from the sun.

Shield your Sites from Wind with Temporary Construction Shelters

In addition to challenges like snow and sunlight on jobsites, strong winds can also make construction sites more hazardous. Loose materials on the job site can be picked up by strong winds, presenting a danger to workers.

Temporary construction shelters prevent strong winds from picking up loose materials, as well as protect workers on the jobsite. A strong gust of wind can also increase the chances of workers without sufficient fall protection losing their balance on a construction site.

Protecting your Construction Site with a TFS

Tensioned fabric structures offer a versatile solution for temporary construction shelters. Their lightweight design makes it easy to install them on any jobsite, while the durable fabric used to cover the structures protects construction sites from rain, snow, wind and the sun.

Accessories and options available make it possible for most any type of construction site to be sheltered. Cargo doors, exhaust fans, metal halide lights, and translucent fabric are just a few of the accessories that are available.

Whether it’s a housing development in the hot California sun, or commercial structure in the Rocky Mountains, a TFS offers the protection and flexibility needed from temporary construction shelters to keep your project on track.

To learn more about installing tensioned fabric structures on your construction site, contact Allsite Structure Rentals.

Author Peter Milligan

Peter Milligan is a Business Development Manager at Allsite, with degree in Psychology from Lafayette College and 14 years experience in matching customers with Tension Fabric Structure solutions. Read more about Peter and the rest of our team at

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